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Lehigh Valley Bat Works an area hit

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by BERNIE O'HARE in Sports

From Little League through the college level, aluminum and carbon-fiber composite bats reign supreme. With names like Voodoo, Stealth and Attack, manufacturers attempt to instill some baseball magic into these metal and plastic bats.

Coaches love them. Parents, not so much.

They can cost $450. But what about the kids?

Given the opportunity, they'll most often drop the plastic or metal for the cheaper wood bat. The ball might not travel as far. It's definitely harder to...

LHS, FHS fall in tourneys

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty breezed through their first five games of the regular season, but the Hurricanes ran into some hiccups during the holiday season.

After a 5-0 start in the month of December, the 'Canes dropped their final two games before the new year, falling to Rancocas Valley 53-50 in double overtime last week, coupled by a 56-53 defeat to Arch Bishop Carroll last Saturday.

Head coach Chad Landis hopes that after his team's buzzsaw approach to the first five games of the year, the...

Hawks capture tourney title

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

At this point last season, Bethlehem Catholic was struggling to find wins on the basketball court. As they entered the York Catholic tournament a year ago at 0-5, they finally found some salvation with their first victory of the season during their Christmas break.

A year later, the Hawks return home with a tournament championship as they knocked off York Catholic 68-38 in last Friday's championship game.

Matt Husek led Becahi (4-4) with 17 points, while Justin Lenzer added 14...

Bethlehem Catholic runs away with Christmas title

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic may have a lineup full of new wrestlers, but the Hawks haven't changed much from a year ago, at least when it comes to the Tony Iasiello Christmas City Tournament.

Becahi ran away with the team title for a second consecutive year, walloping the competition with 310.5 team points, while sending 12 wrestlers into the finals and crowning eight champions.

Freshmen Luke and Cole Karam led the charge by earning their first Christmas City titles at 106 and 113...

Hurricanes stay unbeaten

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes remain undefeated after the boys swim team defeated Dieruff, 75-26, and the girls swim team also defeated the Huskies, 73-25.

The Hurricane boys won all events except for the 400 free relay.

Individual event winners for Liberty were Alex Fitch in the 200 free in 2:07.52, Brice Kessler in the 200 IM in 2:33.34, and John Butillo in the 50 free in 26.50.

Bryan Rivera won the diving event with 157.5 points.

Evan Smith took first place in the 100...

Canes get by Freedom

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

In the first of two meetings between archrivals Liberty and Freedom, it was the Lady Hurricanes who came out on top, 46-40, on Dec. 21, right before the Christmas break.

Relatively even after the first quarter, the Patriots picked up on defense, holding the Hurricanes to just two points in the second quarter.

Freedom guard, Kelly Rosete, said, "Our man defense kept us in the game. [At halftime], we went over how to get open and how to get our plays in."

The problem for...

Pates win two

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom's swimmers scored two victories before the Christmas break when the Patriot girls defeated Whitehall, 100-83, and the Patriot boys also defeated the Zephyrs, 108-55.

Carly DelFranco, Helen Hsu, Brooke Munion, and Shannon Howell opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay in 1:54.29.

Howell won the 200 free in 1:57.91 and the 100 free in 55.14. DelFranco was also a double event winner with victories in the 200 IM in 2:16.12, and the 100 backstroke...

Hawks look for Christmas title too

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic romped their way to the team title during last year's Tony Iasiello Christmas City Wrestling Tournament when they placed 10 wrestlers in the finals, with seven coming away with gold medals.

Whether that happens in the 45th version of this Bethlehem tournament will all unfold Friday and Saturday at Bethlehem Catholic's gymnasium. Head coach Jeff Karam hopes for more of the same this Christmas, but with Darian Cruz (120), Ryan Todora (145) and Jose Ortiz (182)...

Deer numbers about same

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by NICK HROMIAK Special to the Press in Sports

With the major portion of the deer hunting seasons now over, Lehigh Valley sportsmen may be wondering how it went. According to local deer processors and a taxidermist, the numbers are about the same as last year, perhaps a tad off.

While many nice, heavily tined bucks were taken, overall numbers appear to be down ever slightly.

At Frable's Deer Processing in Slatington, Jason Frable said their intake numbers are about the same as last season, with of course more antlerless...

'Canes knock off Easton

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes swam to two more victories on Dec. 18, as the boys defeated Easton, 205-99, and the girls also defeated the Red Rovers, 180-132.

Individual event winners for the boys were Sean VanAtta in the 200 IM in 2:13.10, Ryan Spadt in the 50 free in 23.51, Evan Smith in the 100 free in 54.00, Alex Medellin in the 500 free in 5:34.28, and VanAtta in the 100 backstroke in 59.94.

"The 200 IM was a touch-out at the end," said team captain, James Sheplock, regarding...